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Sugar (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 April 2009 (USA)
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Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Rijo ...
Alvarez
Walki Cuevas ...
Alfonso
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Santo Silvestre ...
Umpire #1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal ...
Reyes
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. ...
Pedro
Joendy Pena Brown ...
Marcos
Kelvin Leonardo Garcia ...
Salvador
Marcos Rosa ...
Sanchez
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Rudy
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez ...
Erica
Lilin Soto Gonzales ...
Abuela
Dioni Feliciano ...
Luis
Teodosia Sanchez Reyes ...
Carmen
Walky Alvarez ...
Sofia
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By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At 19, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He flies to Phoenix for tryouts and is sent to the Class A team "The Swing" in the fictional town of Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in an alien culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman's mixed signals; dealing with an injury; trying performance-enhancing drugs; and, searching for his place in the world. Will he make it to the Majors; will he play in New York? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,140, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,081,922, 9 August 2009
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Trivia

After this film was shot, the name of the team in Iowa was changed from the Quad City Swing to its former team name of the Quad City River Bandits. See more »

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While Sugar is riding the bus in Iowa for Spring training, the corn in the fields has tasseled at a time when the soil and weather would prevent it from being planted. See more »

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Frank: Life gives you lots of opportunities. Baseball only gives you one.
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Written by Anthony J. Showalter (as A.J. Showalter)
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A Major Milestone In Hispanic Cinema
27 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Sugar is an important Hispanic film. And yes, two Americans made it, Fleck and Boden, but they do so without compromise, without an agenda, and without patronising - and what we get IS an Hispanic film - it is not a film about America, it really is a superb Hispanic (Spanish in America) perspective - and it just blew me away. 100% convincing, valid, justified - and simply a great film.

The story of the baseball player Sugar, played with consummate skill by Soto, has all the elements of a good sports movie plus the added dimension of a very well thought through arc and development.

This is without a doubt one of the better films of the year; it captures both baseball and the alienation of the Hispanic experience in the US with alacrity and a light touch. The characters have real depth and emphasis is placed on the internal rather than simply the external.

Strongly recommended as a breakthrough film for Hispanic film in the US, both in the quality of the story and acting and for excellence in film making.


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